- New Zealand reports record 243 new COVID cases
- Hong Kong reports record daily high of 351 coronavirus cases
- Singapore’s daily local COVID-19 cases triple to more than 13,000
- Czechs hit virus record but see significantly fewer deaths
Feb 5 (Reuters) – New Zealand reported a record 243 new COVID-19 community cases on Saturday, as officials warned more cases of the highly transmissible Omicron variant are expected but urged people in the highly vaccinated nation not to panic.
The country of five million people has kept its borders closed since early 2020. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday a full reopening will happen only by October.
The border closure, combined with lockdowns and strict social distancing rules have limited the spread of the coronavirus, with just over 17,000 infections and 53 related deaths… READ MORE.
HONG KONG, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Hong Kong reported 351 cases of coronavirus on Saturday, a record daily high since the outbreak of the pandemic, further pressuring the government’s “dynamic zero-COVID” strategy as other major cities opt to live with the virus.
Health Secretary Sophia Chan said at a news conference she expects cases to rise “exponentially” following the Lunar New Year holiday due to an increase in family and social gatherings and appealed several times for people to stay indoors.
“Stay at home, please,” Chan said as she again urged people, especially the elderly, to get vaccinated.
About 160 of the latest cases had no clear source and were still being investigated, authorities said … READ MORE.
SINGAPORE, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Singapore reported a record 13,046 local coronavirus infections on Friday, triple the previous day’s tally.
The country has fully vaccinated 89% of the total population against COVID-19, while 59% have received boosters shots … READ MORE.
Feb 1, 2022, PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic has recorded a significant decline in people dying of COVID-19 despite facing a record number of new cases in January.
Over 560,000 new coronavirus were registered in January, by far the most in one month since the beginning of the pandemic amid a record surge of infections driven by the highly contagious omicron variant.
It was over 150,000 more than the previous record set in November and 250,000 more than in December. Yet, 978 people died of COVID-19 in January, compared to almost 3,000 in December and 2,500 in November when the previous delta variant was dominant in the European Union country.
The Czech Republic has registered 37,243 virus-related deaths in the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the lower house of Parliament was debating Tuesday a plan to amend the pandemic law that gives the coalition government extra powers to impose coronavirus restrictions and extend its reach beyond February.
Police arrested four demonstrators who attacked them as they rallied to protest the plan in front of the lower house in Prague.
Amid the record surge, the day-to-day increase of infections reached a record of almost 55,000 last Wednesday. It was almost 30,000 on Monday with the 7-day infection rate at 2,318 per 100,000 residents.
A number of COVID-19 patients needing hospitalization jumped by 900 in 10 days to reach 2,430 on Monday but less than 200 required intensive care in last six days.
The nation of 10.5 million has 6.8 million people fully vaccinated and 3.8 million who have received a booster shot. SOURCE.